Three Russian air team eliminated after ejector seats mistakenly go off

    RUSSIA - JULY 19, 2018: Mikoyan MiG-31 supersonic interceptor aircraft with the Kh-47M2 Kinzhal air-launched ballistic missiles during drills with the Tupolev Tu-22M3 supersonic strike bombers. The Kinzhal missile can be launched from Tupolev Tu-22M3 bombers or Mikoyan MiG-31BM interceptors; it accelerates to hypersonic speed and is able to perform sharp maneuvers, which makes it almost invulnerable for any missile defence system. Video screen grab/Press and Information Office of the Defence Ministry of the Russian Federation/TASS

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    The Russian bombers were supposedly not filled with nuclear weapons at the time of the mishap (Picture: Tass/PA)

    Three team members on a Russian nuclear bomber were eliminated after their ejector seats mistakenly went off.

    The ejector seat system was supposedly set off while the aircraft was getting ready for liftoff ahead of a training flight.

    The program leader, being in the trainer’s seat, was amongst the dead after the 3 were ejected from the aircraft.

    It’s reported they were catapulted into the air however they did not have sufficient height to release their parachutes. 

    They struck the ground suffering injuries ‘incompatible with life’.

    It is not thought the supersonic long variety Tu-22M3 bombers were filled with nuclear weapons at the time of the mishap.

    An flying force commission has actually been sent out to the Shaikovka military airfield near Kaluga, some 200 miles southwest of Moscow, to develop the reason for the mishap.

    Three years back, a Tu-22M3 bomber split in 2 and emerged in flames after it crash-landed in the Arctic.

    And in 2004, a Tu-22M3 crashed in the Novgorod area, eliminating all 4 team members.

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